Ryback has been unable to go by his former wrestling name since leaving WWE, but that’s something he’s trying to change.
On an episode of his podcast that was released on Monday, Ryback said that he was attempting to change his real name to his wrestling identity.
“It’s not uncharted territory, but it kind of is too in a way. I legally went and changed my name to Ryback, for many reasons, one of which it was one thing that I did not own, and I created and I used before my time with WWE,” he said.
“And it is something that is associated with my brand and who I am that I am very proud of. So, I went through the proper steps in Clark County in Las Vegas. And it cost a little bit of money, and I go in front of a judge September 1st. But when this airs, you know, hopefully everything is approved and I would be known as Ryback Allen Reeves moving forward.”
As of now, it isn’t known if the attempt was successful. He still goes by “The Big Guy” on Twitter and is still being advertised under that name for his wrestling appearances going forward.
Ryback said the name change was something he felt had to be done because it wasn’t fair that wrestlers spend so much time in one place and then can’t use their brand and identity when they leave. He claimed there’s a big difference in being able to advertise himself as “The Big Guy” Ryback rather than just Ryan Reeves.
On the podcast, co-host Pat Buck noted some of the problems he’s had as a promoter where WWE and other companies have aggressively sent cease and desist letters over advertising material that featured wrestlers who used to work for them.
You can listen to the podcast here.